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    Israeli spacecraft poised to become first privately funded lander on the Moon

    Israeli spacecraft poised to become first privately funded lander on the Moon

    On Thursday evening, SpaceX is scheduled to launch another Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, but this time, the vehicle will be carrying a payload it’s never transported before: a spacecraft bound for the Moon. One of the three payloads on the rocket is an Israeli-made lander that will travel through space over the next two months and then try to land on the lunar surface. If the touchdown is a success, it’ll be the first time that a vehicle made with mostly private money has ever landed on the Moon or any other planetary body.

    The lander is called Beresheet, the Hebrew word for “Genesis,” and it’s the creation of an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL. The company is a relic of the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize competition, an international contest created to send the first private lander to the Moon. While the contest ultimately ended without a winner, SpaceIL — a finalist in the competition — pressed onward with its mission, and now the company is ready to see its lander fly.
    Cool. A literal moon shot.

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    Good for the Israelis. Maybe the so-called arabs who made themselves into Palestinians will take note of advances in other than children's suicide vests.

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    A sad update.

    Privately-owned Moon lander crashes in historic attempt

    Private spaceflight isn't quite ready to mark another milestone. SpaceIL's Beresheet lander has crashed on the Moon after mission controllers lost communication during its descent to the lunar surface. It did successfully take a selfie on the way down, but its experiments are a bust. It was supposed to measure the local magnetic field and use a NASA-made laser retroreflector array (eight mirrors with quartz cube corners) to relay its position to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter using light.

    SpaceIL was one of the finalists competing for Google's Lunar Xprize. That challenge ended without a winner, but SpaceIL joined others in persevering.

    Even with the crash, Israel is been part of a very exclusive club -- it's only the fourth country to put a vehicle on the Moon (in one state or another) after the former Soviet Union, US and China. This was also an achievement for more affordable spaceflight with the entire mission costing roughly $100 million, or just a fraction of what it would likely cost in other circumstances.

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    Here's it's last picture:



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    Likes for that "small country, big dreams".

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